The popular Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon will begin charging parking fees after Memorial Day.

Parking kiosks will be installed by Memorial Day to charge non-city residents for parking along the beachfront.

The fees will help pay for the high cost of maintaining the beachfront, which the City of Muskegon estimates to be around $500,000 per year.

Currently, city residents pay for the upkeep through their taxes, even though estimates show that 60% of the beach usage is from visitors from the West Michigan area or from out of state.

The new fees will not apply to current city residents.




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